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Bad Luck Pearl

I have found what I consider a great prize: In an oyster was a pearl of enormous size. The villagers have all flocked around me. This great jewel is what they have come to see. This could bring my wife and I some money. Now, I can see a future for our baby. However, my once friendly neighbors hate me. My wife and I are victims of their jealousy. They are trying to get my pearl out of trickery. Having no value is what they want to convince me. For medical care, they demanded I pay. My baby got very sick and died the other day. Bad luck and misfortune have hounded us all the way. This pearl is unlucky and not welcome anymore. I will throw it back into the water where I found it before. Based on the short story “The Pearl” by the late John Steinbeck. March 15, 2013

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  1. Date: 3/20/2013 8:04:00 AM
    Great story told in poetic form, shows us that fortune does not bring happiness. well done! Hugs

  1. Date: 3/15/2013 10:42:00 PM
    wasn't there a movie starring Sabu also based on "The Pearl. " Nice job turning the story into poetry

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    Date: 3/15/2013 11:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    If there was a movie made, I've never seen it. I remember reading the short story as a sophomore in high school.